HC Deb 30 July 1974 vol 878 cc171-2W
Mr. Fernyhough

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if she will take all the necessary steps to see that, as

morality rate by 1,000 births in Great Britain and in each of the other member countries of the EEC, Sweden and Switzerland, respectively, during the latest year for which figures are available.

Dr. Owen

The years to which figures in the following table relate are shown in parenthesis.

soon as it is apparent that a baby is either physically or mentally handicapped, the local authority in whose area the child is living is notified so that the authority has foreknowledge of the services which will be required to meet the eventual needs of such children.

Dr. Owen

I am making inquiries as to how far this is already the practice will write to my right hon. Friend when I have done so.